Addressing the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared India's commitment to mitigate climate change.
Among the major commitments made by PM Modi were achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2070 and push for renewable sources of energy.
Here are the key takeaways from PM Modi's speech at COP26:
- New mantra for sustainable development - LIFE
Inspired by Indian culture, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and from his own life, PM Modi gave the mantra of LIFE -- Lifestyle For Environment -- to ensure peaceful existence with nature. The movement inspires mindful and deliberate utilisation instead of mindless and destructive consumption, he said.
- Climate finance and tech transfer as an imperative
PM Modi gave a clear message to developed countries that just like India has raised its ambition in setting its targets, they also need to raise ambitions in climate finance and tech transfer. The world cannot achieve newer targets with old goals of climate finance, he said.
- Net zero carbon emissions by 2070
In a major commitment, PM Modi said India will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070, which shows India’s ambition when it comes to fighting climate change. Despite being a developing country, India shows the way when it comes to safeguarding planet earth, he said.
- Push for renewable energy
PM Modi said when India took the ambitious pledge of achieving 450 GW installed capacity by 2030 through non-fossil fuel sources, it was seen as over-ambitious. Now, India is not only on track to achieve this target, but has decided to further raise it to 500 GW. India has also pledged to fulfill 50 per cent of its energy requirements from renewables by 2030.
- India’s contribution in climate change mitigation far outstrips its role in emissions
PM Modi shared that India, which has around 17 per cent of the world’s population, is responsible for only about 5 per cent of the total emissions.
- Reducing carbon emissions and intensity
PM Modi announced that India will reduce one billion tonnes of carbon emissions from the total projected emissions by 2030. India will also reduce carbon intensity by 45 per cent in its economy.
- India not only commits but also acts
PM Modi shared how India is the only country to fulfill commitments made in Paris. He also spoke about how Paris was not only a summit, but a sentiment and a commitment of 130 crore Indians.
- Multi-faceted initiatives in India to mitigate climate change
PM Modi shared how a new India is fighting climate change. From the world's largest railway carrier achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 to saving 40 billion tonnes of emissions through LEDs, India is putting climate change at the centre of its policies.